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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 February 2014
Stop £98 million cuts in Worcestershire
Worcestershire county council will meet on Thursday 13 February to discuss plans for a further £98 million of cuts to public services including the possible withdrawal of all funding for bus services.
These plans have met with opposition including meetings in several villages where the bus service could be reduced and put in the hands of private profiteers.
In some cases school buses are threatened despite 25% of pupils needing to use the bus. The council consultation document even says that government money could be available to help private operators "grow" their business. Why can't this money be used to fund our current services?
Worcestershire County branch of Unison has called a protest at 12 noon and has the support of Worcester Trades Union Council and Worcester TUSC activists. We aim to make some noise and let the councillors have an earful.
Pete McNally, Worcester Socialist Party
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 5 February 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Bedroom tax beaten in Scotland
Who's robbing our NHS?
Trade unions - time to break Labour link is now!
Labour taxing the rich? Balls
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Sochi winter Olympics - -breaking all records!
Ukraine: battling forces no friends of working class
Reports and campaigns
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition conference
Socialist Students: Preparing for struggles to come
Cameron's cruel cuts hammer the homeless
Floods: fully-funded environmental planning needed
Stop £98 million cuts in Worcestershire
Fleetwood: MP tries to evade hospital campaigners
Building the Socialist Party
Socialist Party workplace news
Stop the tube cuts: Support the strikes!
PCS: Re-elect fighting, campaigning leadership
NUT national executive agrees date for national strike
Yorks ambulance workers strike again
Preparing action in Lewisham
Royal Opera House workers win living wage
Future Directions dispute settled
Tebay: RMT rally
Who supported the 1984-85 miners' strike?
Pete Seeger - Sound of US protest movement
Osborne claims recovery - super-exploitation is reality
The Socialist 5 February 2014 |
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